Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP
principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Heather is the principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, an award-winning studio with a diverse multi-sector portfolio including commercial offices, hospitality, residential, adaptive reuse and mixed use projects. Heather has been recognized as a leading advocate for sustainable design and the betterment of our built environment in Canada, and as such, she is committed to advancing an architectural and social agenda through her practice’s built work and design research. As recipient of the 2016 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, Heather’s practice has undertaken a research project entitled ‘The Next Green’, which entails travel to Scandinavia to study and disseminate sustainable research and precedents for northern climates.

Heather is a regular guest lecturer at schools of architecture and industry events across Canada and she is involved on several boards and committees that align with her advocacy objectives. She is a Fellow of the RAIC, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of Sustainable Buildings Canada and the Canada Green Building Council.

Rethinking liveability in the design and development of multi-unit housing

Experts in sustainable architecture and development explore the main factors governing liveability and sustainability in multi-unit buildings today, including designing for wellness, alternatives to conventional development models, and the affordability of more sustainable approaches. Panelists include Alex Speigel, a principal of Windmill Developments who focus on low ecological footprint buildings and communities; Megan Torza, principle at DTAH leading a number of the firm’s sustainable developments; and Terri Peters, a PhD in sustainable housing and researcher on the human and social dimensions of green building; along with moderator Heather Dubbeldam, an architect and leading advocate for sustainable design. This panel discussion explores how Active House principles can be applied to the design and construction of multi-unit housing to reinforce human health and comfort, promoting wellbeing without negatively impacting the environment.